Alvin Kamara's decision to hold out and skip practice with the New Orleans Saints has fueled countless contradictory reports around the NFL. The player and his agent claim they're just negotiating a contract extension but that may no longer be the case.
An initial report stated that the Saints were aware of Kamara's importance to their core, especially in what will most likely be Drew Brees' final year. Then again, with Brees set to hang the cleats, the team is reportedly wary of overpaying their All-Pro running back.
That's why, apparently, the Saints are more than ready to move on from the 3-time Pro Bowler and would ask for a first-round pick to all teams interested in trading for Kamara. Here, we'll break down the top three most likely destinations for him.
Most Likely Trade Destinations For Alvin Kamara
The Seattle Seahawks still have some cap space to make some moves and could look to sign Kamara to an extension. They may be wary about parting ways with more picks but honestly, their running game just hasn't been nearly half as good as it was when Marshawn Lynch was in town.
Either Chris Carson or Rashaad Penny are constantly getting hurt and Kamara would be a massive upgrade for them. They're already 100% committed into Russell Wilson and have surrounded him with elite talent so we wouldn't rule out them making this move.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots were reportedly intrigued about the possibility of signing free-agent-to-be Leonard Fournette following his release. Now, they might take it up a notch by landing Alvin Kamara instead, even if that means parting ways with a first-round pick. At the end of the day, Belichick knows his team is likely to pick at the end of the first round more often than not.
James White, Sony Michel, Damien Harris, and Rex Burkhead are solid pass-catching backs but not much of a real threat to pick up many yards on the ground. Cam Newton has been used to having dominant, pounding tackle-breakers in his backfield, and pairing him with Kamara might as well be enough to make up for Tom Brady's departure.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers were one win away from a Super Bowl ring. They have an elite defense and one of the toughest offensive lines in the game. George Kittle opening up lanes for Alvin Kamara to pound from the ground would be just a massive threat for the rest of the NFC West.
The Niners committed to the running game and are clearly dubious about letting Jimmy Garoppolo run the show, yet they don't have an elite three-down back that can help them carry the load. Even if it's just a one-year rental and he hits free agency at the end of the season, he'll give them a huge shot at winning a championship.